Actor and comedian Bill Cosby has been in the headlines a lot lately however On This Day in 1997 it was his son who sadly tragically was in the news. Cosby’s 27 year old son Ennis William Cosby was driving his Mercedes Benz convertible on Interstate 405 in
when he got a flat
tire. He pulled over to fix the flat and was shot and killed. Los Angeles,
It was around 1 a.m. when Mikahail Markhasev, a teenager, and his two friends were hanging at a nearby park-and-ride lot. Reportedly high on drugs, Markhasev approached the young Cosby and demanded money. In August 1998, now 19, Markhasev was sentenced to life in prison. At the time, he showed no remorse. In 2001 however, he confessed and apologized to the Cosby family.
The young Cosby had been a graduate student at
. He wanted to work with children with
learning disabilities. Columbia
Entertainer Bill Cosby’s son murdered along CA interstate. This Day in History. History.com. 16 January 1997.
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016